How Tofu Can Help You on the Way to a Healthier You

Baked Tofu
Baked Tofu

I used to think of tofu as a mysterious substance only vegetarians ate. In fact, it has several benefits to anyone who’d like to be healthier, especially women. And it can also be pretty tasty.

Tofu is low in calories, has no saturated fat or cholesterol, and is high in iron. It also contains calcium, protein, and B vitamins. Tofu contains isoflavones, which are reported to decrease the risk of osteoporosis and breast cancer. For women going through menopause, it can help decrease the incidents of mood swings and hot flashes.

OK great – so it may be good for me and I’d love to try it, but how do I cook it so that it tastes good?

Tofu is also flavorless by itself which means it soaks up any flavors with which it is cooked. Here is a quick and easy great recipe that you can vary to your individual taste.

Baked Tofu

Ingredients:

  • refrigerated extra firm tofu
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • soy sauce or tamari
  • favorite seasoning, such as Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning
  • breadcrumbs

Directions:

  1. First of all you have to drain the tofu. Place it between a few paper towels and put an extremely heavy pan on it for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees
  3. Place some breadcrumbs and seasoning into a bowl and mix. Like I said, this is to your taste so there are no exact measurements here.
  4. Place soy sauce in a separate dish.
  5. Slice your tofu into about 1/2 inch thick slices
  6. Dip each slice quickly in the bowl with soy sauce, then place it in the breadcrumbs covering thoroughly.
  7. Arrange tofu slices in a lightly oiled baking dish.
  8. Lightly brush each piece with olive oil.
  9. Bake for 30 minutes
  10. Serve

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